Philadelphia Union were aggressive as the MLS transfer deadline approached. Sporting director Earnie Stewart and his staff worked their magic and acquired Alejandro Bedoya on Wednesday afternoon. As the day progressed the Union weren’t done making moves.
Charlie Davies was acquired by the Union from New England Revolution late Wednesday night. Along with Davies the Union also received a 2018 natural third round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft from New England in exchange for General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and the Union’s natural first round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Stewart expressed his excitement over his newest acquisition.
“Charlie adds another dynamic dimension to our attack and is exactly the type of player we targeted during this window,” Stewart said. “We’re thrilled to be able to add another player of quality and look forward to welcoming him to the club.”
Davies brings an attacking option for Philadelphia to help C.J Sapong and Fabian Herbers as the season continues. Union fans can expect a relentless attacker with a nose for the ball. Last season Davies was New England’s leading goal-scorer with 10 and added four assists to claim the club’s Golden Boot Award.
Overall Davies has netted 24 goals in MLS regular season play while adding four goals in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs. Davies also brings experience at the national level to the club, earning 17 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team, scoring four times.
It’s not just what Davies brings on the field that drew the attention of Philadelphia. When Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin met with the media on Thursday he expressed his appreciation for Davies’ character.
“In terms of Charlie, you talk about character,” Curtin said. “We share a lot of mutual friends, and everything you hear about him is he’s a very good guy, a high-character guy, a guy who’s bounced back from adversity. He’s a guy that’s mentally tough.”
It appears the Union have hit a homerun with this trade by bringing in a player that will make an immediate impact on the pitch and continue to build comradery in the locker-room. Davies is expected to join his new team today and would be available for selection on Saturday against D.C. United.